Kia Returns to Big Screens February 1 Via the NCM Media Network

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Wed, 01/30/2013 - 19:00 -- Nick Dager

In a Super Bowl advertising sequel Kia Motors America will be back on the big screen for the premiere of its 2013 big game commercial.  The fast-growing automaker’s complete 60-second Space Babies ad for the redesigned 2014 Sorento CUV will premiere on February 1 on more than 19 000 movie screens nationwide in NCM Media Networks’ FirstLook pre-show program before airing on TV during the game. To build anticipation for its Super Bowl spot’s cinema debut Kia kicked things off with 15-second teaser ads in movie theaters on January 25.  The teaser and full spot will run in NCM’s new Big Game Ad Showcase a premium placement pod designed to give audiences a preview of the best in Super Bowl advertising. Set to air in the fourth quarter of Super Bowl XLVII and directed by Jake Scott Space Babies reveals the existence of a faraway planet known as Babylandia and follows infant boys girls dogs pandas and more on their journey to Earth to join their new families.  After taking it all in the curious child begins to offer an alternative theory passed on by a friend but his quick-thinking father calls upon UVO’s voice-activated jukebox feature to hurriedly change the subject and survive another day in the adventures of parenthood.  Kia’s cinema-launch strategy builds on the tremendous success Kia enjoyed last year when it became the first spot advertiser to ever premiere its spot on the silver screen before the big game. The NCM Media Networks and Nielsen NRG conducted a custom research study of consumers who had seen the Kia Optima commercial last year both in theaters as well as in the Super Bowl and the positive effect of the combination of TV and cinema on the audience was significant: While 46-percent of people who saw the Kia ad in the Super Bowl were able to recall it unaided that number jumped to 70 percent Unaided Recall for people who saw it both in NCM’s FirstLook at the movies and in the Super Bowl. Cinema plus TV resulted in a 52 percent Unaided Recall increase vs. TV alone. When it came to Total Recall (Aided + Unaided) the combination of cinema plus TV resulted in 95 percent Total Recall of the ad by people who saw it both in NCM’s FirstLook at the movies and in the Super Bowl. People who saw the ad both in NCM’s FirstLook and in the Super Bowl were 39 percent more likely to consider purchasing a Kia than people who only saw the ad in the Super Bowl alone. The combination of cinema plus TV also resulted in significant increases in ad likability and positive opinion of the Kia brand in general. “Kia’s blockbuster success as the first Super Bowl advertiser to ever premiere in cinema was the perfect set-up for a sequel this year ” said Cliff Marks president of sales and marketing with NCM Media Networks. “The NCM Cinema Network is the number one network in the country on weekends so the audiences flocking to our theaters on the Friday and Saturday before the big game will get to be the first to experience this fun commercial. Our 40-foot big screens certainly help to build brand buzz and when smart advertisers like Kia use them in combination with TV it can have a major impact on campaign ROI.” “Launching Kia’s Super Bowl commercial in NCM’s FirstLook for the second consecutive year builds on last year’s tremendous success where we saw a noteworthy lift in purchase consideration and equally important it created early buzz before more than 100 million people saw it during the big game ” said Michael Sprague executive vice president marketing & communications KMA.